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What if cigarettes tasted like junk food?

Written by Tom Nikkola - Director of Nutrition & Weight Management

According to the CDC, about 20% of Americans smoke. If you’re among the 80% who don’t smoke, you may be thinking “Yuck. I would never smoke a cigarette” or “I’d never go back to smoking again.” For a non-smoker, the thought of smoking a cigarette could seem unappealing, even repulsive. Smoking cigarettes increases the risk of several health issues. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t know that already. So if something makes you feel better, but tastes bad, smells bad, and increases the risk of disease, it’s easy to look down on it. But what if something makes you feel better, tastes good, but increases the risk of disease. Should that make it more acceptable?

What if cigarettes tasted good? What if junk food tasted bad? Would people look down on junk food but accept smoking as “okay in moderation?” For the 80% of people who don’t smoke, is it easier to shun the idea of smoking because of the smell and the taste? Do we see junk food as more acceptable because it just tastes so good?

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5 Pillars for Improving Your Performance This Year

Written by Paul Kriegler, RD, CPT - Life Time Weight Loss

Are you seriously looking forward to improving your athletic performances this year?  Confident your new training plan and innovative new footwear are the ticket to fewer injuries, better biomechanics, better strength and endurance, and faster times?  What will it really take to elevate your performance?

During a recent personal development session (i.e. study time) I was struck by this comment from one of the best coaches in the fitness industry, Dr. John Berardi:

“In an outcome-based world, theory is meaningless and results are everything.  Your clients shouldn’t believe they are doing a good job based on what they’ve read in magazines or seen on TV; they can only judge their plan based on the results their diet consistently produces.”

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Keep the Weight Off

It’s estimated that 95% of people who lose weight regain it. If you recently achieved a healthier weight, your body may not be entirely ready for it. Our bodies are inclined to retain and replenish fat stores, even after drastic measures such as liposuction. It’s a good time to learn what your adipostat is and how it works. It’s a great time to make new goals, reassess your fitness markers and your exercise routine so you stay active. It is not, however, a time to rest on your laurels.

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Eating Well on the Road

Travel and weight loss don’t often go well together. I’ve met a lot of people over the years who started gaining weight once their careers took off and travel became a more regular part of their job. I’ve also talked with people who were concerned about going on family vacations because they didn’t want to regain lost weight. Traveling is often associated with poor diet choices, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The following are six principles you can take with you on the road to keep weight gain at bay.

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Winning at Weight Loss - Part 2

Last week, we talked about getting your head in the weight loss game — and facing reality about the changes needed to succeed. This week, we discuss the nuts and bolts of a smart weight management plan. First steps include understanding your metabolism, letting go of your need to count calories, being efficient about exercise and getting enough shut-eye.

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Winning at Weight Loss - Part 1

In preparation for the 2011 Life Time Weight Loss 90-Day Challenge, we’ll take a hard look at the factors that can influence your success. Getting your head ready for long-term weight loss requires you to face your health risks, forego the advice of friends, commit to quality food and take advantage of professional resources. Real results are possible when you get real about the choices you make.

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Who Influences Your Fitness?

Living a healthy way of life requires daily discipline. It can be difficult to rely solely on ourselves to make the right choices every day. Seek a network of like-minded people and you’ll likely find a new level of success.

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